Posted: Fri 2nd Mar 2018

Train services cancelled and timetables changed due to adverse weather

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Mar 2nd, 2018

Latest Arriva Trains Wales Update:

ollowing further deterioration of weather conditions overnight, and despite considerable effort by railway teams, unfortunately both Arriva Trains Wales and Network Rail have had to take the difficult decision to cancel all services in the Southern part of our network. As a result, customers are advised not to attempt to travel on Arriva Trains Wales services for the whole of the South of the network. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Currently, the only services which will be operating on a limited basis will be;Shrewsbury – Crewe ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Crewe – Chester ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Chester – Holyhead ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Wrexham- Bidston ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


Rail passengers are being warned that with the expected heavy overnight snowfalls, extremely low temperatures and strong winds across the rail network in Wales and North West England, they can expect to experience short notice cancellations or delays today, Friday 2nd March. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Railway personnel will be working hard in extremely challenging conditions, but there is still likely to be a significant impact tomorrow due to the expected severity of the weather.” An Arriva Trains Wales spokesperson said. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Adding;”We continue to advise people to travel only if absolutely necessary and to check their journey via where they will be able to view updated timetables as soon as they are available. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Customers who need to carry out essential travel should check before doing so and allow extra time for their journey.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Wrexham Central to Bidston service which calls at Shotton will operate 2 hourly starting at 7.30am.

Along with Arriva Trains Wales – Merseyrail will also be operating a reduced service due to the adverse weather. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Services will start from 7am, and trains will run every 30 minutes on all lines throughout the day, with some alterations to the times of the last trains. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

A spokesperson for Merseyrail said:

“This week has seen more employees than ever before working through the night to keep trains running and prevent them from becoming frozen, however, the sub-zero temperatures have caused trains to freeze within half an hour of being used. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

This has resulted in a reduced number of trains being available to fulfil the normal timetable and passengers may have experienced disruption to their journeys.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Amended timetables can be found here: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Arriva Trains Wales customers can claim compensation if their journey has been affected, passengers can submit compensation claims via ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Full list of affected Arriva Trains Wales Services: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Services to be suspended all day on Friday 2 March: ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Cardiff Central – Manchester Piccadilly
Swansea – Pembroke Dock / Fishguard Harbour and all services to Milford Haven
Aberystwyth – Shrewsbury
Swanline services (Cardiff – Swansea)
Heart of Wales Line services
Llandudno – Blaenau Ffestiniog (replaced by road transport buses) ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Services to be suspended until at least 13.00 on Friday 2 March:
Treherbert / Aberdare / Merthyr – Pontypridd
Rhymney – Bargoed
Radyr – Coryton (City Line)
Barry Island – Barry Town
Penarth – Grangetown
Ebbw Vale line ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Services to be reduced:
Carmarthen – Cardiff Central will be an hourly service
Vale of Glamorgan services will operate hourly and via Barry Town
Cardiff – Holyhead services will operate Chester – Holyhead only (in both directions)
Maesteg – Cheltenham Spa to operate Maesteg – Bridgend only.
Aberystwyth – Birmingham Intl services will terminate at Shrewsbury
Holyhead – Birmingham Intl services terminate at Shrewsbury
Cardiff Central – Pontypridd will have three services an hour
Cardiff Central – Bargoed (including Caerphilly) – will have two services an hour ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Services to operate with no alterations to normal timetables:
Cardiff Bay
Pwllheli – Machynlleth
Shrewsbury – Crewe
Chester – Crewe ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Unless stated, no road transport buses will operate in lieu of cancelled services due to anticipated road conditions ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Tickets for travel today will be honoured in the coming days and ticket acceptance has been arranged with other operators where possible. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​


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